TopGear goes to the Moon
Posted: 20 May 2010
When they do need to get out - to collect samples and press bootprints in the lunar soil for the first time this century - they'll exit through a port at the rear of the pod. They open a door and step right into their spacesuits, which hang off the back of the Rover like limp mannequins. Once comfortable, the door shuts and forms an airlock before the suit is released, allowing the astronaut to start his moonwalk and begin building those moonbases in exactly the right place. Without the Rover, he'd just be kicking around in the dust near the landing module.
So as politicians, eco-warriors and prophets of doom proclaim the downfall of the car on Earth, in outer space it's a different story. The Lunar Rover is being hailed as the tool that will allow astronauts to travel further and do more, taking us one step closer to Mars and shaping the course of history on a truly galactic scale.